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The Independent Online
THE WORST drought in Chile this century is forcing major cities to endure three-hour nightly power cuts because the lack of water has crippled the hydroelectric power grid.

The rationing has outraged both businesses and residents and left the capital, Santiago, virtually gridlocked when power is cut to the traffic light system.

In a normal year, water generates about 80 per cent of Chile's energy.